Gaëlle is the Exhibitions Curator at The Image Centre (formerly Ryerson Image Centre) and holds a PhD in the History of Contemporary Art from Université Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne, France. In 2012, she curated the Berenice Abbott retrospective exhibition at the Jeu de Paume in Paris and the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, and, in 2009, she served as the guest curator of the Mois de la Photo in Montreal. Her research deals with the history of photojournalism, the artistic and cultural recognition of photography from the 1970s, and photographic modernism in the 1930s.
Sophie Hackett is the Curator, Photography, at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and adjunct faculty in Toronto Metropolitan University's (formerly Ryerson University) master’s program in Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management. She continues to write for art magazines, international journals and artist monographs, including “Queer Looking: Joan E. Biren’s Slide Shows” in Aperture (spring 2015) and “Encounters in the Museum: The Experience of Photographic Objects” in the edited volume The “Public” Life of Photographs (The Image Centre (formerly Ryerson Image Centre) and MIT Press, 2016).
Hackett’s curatorial projects during her tenure at the AGO include Barbara Kruger: Untitled (It) (2010); Songs of the Future: Canadian Industrial Photographs, 1858 to Today (2011); Max Dean: Album, A Public Project (2012); What It Means To be Seen: Photography and Queer Visibility and Fan the Flames: Queer Positions in Photography (2014); Introducing Suzy Lake (2014); and Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s (2016). In 2017, she was a Fellow with the Center for Curatorial Leadership. She is the lead juror for the 2017 AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize, a role she also held in 2014, 2010 and 2012.
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